Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Old-fashion Chocolate Cake (Nigella Lawson)

I remember seeing this recipe at first in Nigella's book, How to be a Domestic Goddess as Sour Cream Chocolate Cake with Sour Cream Icing. In this book, Nigella said this is the only chocolate cake that her daughter likes... maybe due to her sophisticated taste. I reckon that Nigella's daughter is so lucky to have Nigella as her mum and no wonder that she has such sophisticated taste... LOL! My son loves this chocolate cake too but this doesn't mean that he has sophisticated taste... LOL! He loves this cake mainly for this creamy sugary chocolaty icing...

This recipe appears in another Nigella's book, Feast again as Old-fashion Chocolate Cake being the first chocolate cake in her chocolate cake hall of fame. As described by Nigella, this cake does has the essence of a good chocolate cake. It is indeed melting, luscious and mood-enhancingly good... in quite a nice balance without being overly rich. Personally, I think the icing is little too sweet for me but my son has gone crazy with it!

It is true that this cake is very easy to bake and assemble... You can either use a processor to blitz all ingredients together or use an electric mixer to mix the batter.. An "old-fashioned grandma me" prefer to use my electric mixer to do this job... LOL! It is so simple and there is no drama at all for me baking this cake.

After icing this cake, I have a few tablespoonful of icing leftover... As I was walking toward to the bin with the leftover, I can sense two pairs of eyes tailing my action. Then, the little one dashed up to me... 

"Mummy, don't throw this away! I need to lick it!" Sophisticate? Never... LOL!

old fashion sour cream chocolate cake Nigella Lawson
My Nigella's Old-fashion Chocolate Cake
Making the chocolate cake batter - easy peasy!
Baking the cake
Making the sour cream icing... Yum!
This is my chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Good enough to be in the chocolate cake hall of fame?

old fashion sour cream chocolate cake Nigella Lawson
Ooh la la... definitely a yes for me!

Here's the recipe mostly adapted from the book, Feast by Nigella Lawson
(with my notes in blue)


For the cake:

100g plain flour
100g caster sugar
3/4 tsp baking powder
20g cocoa (I used Dutch processed)
80g soft unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
75ml sour cream

For the icing:

30g unsalted butter
80g best quality dark chocolate

(I used Callebaut chocolate with 70% cocoa)
150g icing sugar
1 tbsp golden syrup
1-2 tsp boiling water
60ml sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

Make sure all ingredients are taken out from the fridge so that they can come to room temperature. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180°C or 160°C fan forced. Butter two 14 cm round cake ring and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

In Nigella's recipe, she places flour, sugar, baking powder and bicarb (replaced by baking powder), cocoa,  butter, eggs, vanilla and sour cream into the processor and blitz them all till a smooth batter. Alternatively, she suggests the traditional way of creaming and this is what I did: Cream butter, sugar, egg and vanilla extract until well-combined. Stir in sour cream and sift in flour, baking powder and cocoa. 

Divide the batter into the prepared tins and bake for 15-18 mins until a cake tester comes out clean. Let the cakes to cool for about 10 mins and remove them from the tins to cool completely on wire rack.

To make this icing, melt the butter and chocolate either in the microwave or over a pan of simmering water. Sift in icing sugar into the chocolate mixture when it is slightly cooled. Instead of adding boiling water to adjust the consistency at the last stage, I choose to add boiling water at this stage to mix in the icing sugar more effectively into the mixture and also to minimize the sugary gritty taste within the mixture.

Add the golden syrup to the cooled chocolate mixture, followed by the sour cream and vanilla. Mix them all when and use boiling water again to adjust its consistency only if it is necessary.

Choose your cake stand or plate and cut out four strips of baking parchment to form a square outline on it. Then sit one of the cakes with its dome side down and spoon about a third of the icing on to the centre of the cake half and spread with a knife or spatula until you cover the top of it evenly. Sit the other cake on top with its dome side up, pressing gently to sandwich the two together.

Spoon another third of the icing on to the top of the cake and spread it in a swirly, textured way. Spread the sides of the cake with the remaining icing and leave a few minutes to set, then carefully pull away the paper strips.

Note: The amount of ingredients used as mentioned above is half of the original recipe published in Nigella's book, Feast. The original recipe uses 2 x 20 cm round cake tins and suggests baking the larger cake at 180°C for 25-35 mins.

Happy Baking
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57 comments:

  1. This is definitely thumbs up for me! I love chocolate and crazy for chocolate but the only thing is chocolate don't like me! I bookmark this recipe but I think it is a bit difficult to get sour cream in the baking shop here. Do you think I can substitute with yogurt?

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    1. Hi Jozelyn,

      Yogurt, being in its lower fat content and higher water content might not work as well as sour cream. Try WHIPPED cream instead and I'm pretty sure that it will work as well as sour cream :D

      Zoe

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    2. I agree that regular yogurt probably won't work in this recipe, but I believe Greek Yogurt would (liquid has been drained). I have successfully substituted it for sour cream in every recipe I've tried using it in! I love it!

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    3. you can substitute with greek yogurt,it's creamy and works very well in cakes.

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  2. Last weekend I made a chocolate cake too and it was soo good! Yours looks awesome!

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  3. Look very nice ! I like chocolate cake !
    But my sound like 'lady luck' now. Must wait to try this cake later. Ha!ha!ha! :)

    Good Day ~

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  4. Looks like many people like Nigella Lawson's recipes, so many entries already! I was of 2 minds whether to bake this cake or the chocolate orange one but finally baked the latter as I do not have sour cream. Bet this is just as yummy! Got to try this too!

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  5. Hi Zoe! This cake looks delicious! I love a good classic chocolate cake and Nigella's one will definitely make it to the list!

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  6. Nothing like good old fashion chocolate cake.

    So good.

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  7. Hi Zoe , love chocolate ,this cake is just too yummy :)

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  8. Zoe, can I take a few pieces of your cake for Ethan as he didn't quite like the Jamie Oliver's cheesecake that I baked for his birthday. He told me not sweet enough so these few days, my hubby has been eating them after dinner. It is my hubby who likes it, hahaha! Spreading the icing without messing up your white cake stand is a challenge, though you had placed a piece of paper at the base. You have done a brilliant job!

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  9. really awesome Zoe dear.even mouthwatering when i rewind her video of this old fashioned cake.lovely preparation.May grab a piesce plz?

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  10. This looks so delicious, I totally adore chocolate cakes and this look supberb!

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  11. Hi Zoe,
    Wow, this is another choc winner recipe from Nigella! The cake looks so moist! Your son is so cute! He really love the choc icing!

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  12. Oh my this is sheer torture..it looks like such a perfect cake...love the icing

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  13. Delicious chocolate cake, it is my daughter's favourite cake! yummy...

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  14. Oh, dear-why are all my blogger friends posting the most amazing recipes today? I want to make them ALL! Btw, your son is just as lucky as Nigella's daughter! :)

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  15. Choc cake is a favourite with my grandsons! Must try this one day! Looks good!

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  16. Looks so delicious that cake,no wonder your son likes it!
    With that moist texture and chocolate icing is conquering not only kids but also adults.

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  17. Zoe, oh wow! What a gorgeous chocolate cake!

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  18. Oh.... so much chocolate, i think my son got to love this. he likes chocolate cake very much.

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  19. This chocolate cake looks really moist. Great with the icing but I think is too sweet for me too.

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  20. Hi Zoe,
    This looks beautiful! :)

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  21. Zoe,
    Soooo beautiful, I'm drooling !

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  22. Licking the leftover icing is the best. My kids love it too, they're always eyeing me when I frost the cake!

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  23. I love this chocolate cake recipe from Nigella... so simple and delicious. A definite crowd pleaser.

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  24. your son is just like my daughter, loves licking icing or even batter :P
    looks like another irresistible cake you made, yum!

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  25. Hi Zoe, this chocolate cake looks so delicious. I bought a lot of chocolates from my recent trip, so I will be baking this soon..

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  26. Is it weird to say this "looks" like an old fashioned chocolate cake? I make a lot of cakes from the Fannie Farmer cookbook and they have a similar color and texture.

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  27. This cake looks amazing and I bet the taste was phenomenal.

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  28. The cake looks so soft and delicious, I want a piece;)

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  29. Look beautiful I love Nigella récipes, delicious!!

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  30. Love your round cake pans, high quality! Very decadent chocolate cake! Bookmarked!

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    1. This cake looks like heaven...chocolate heaven!

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  32. Zoe, please don't show the chocolate icing!! as I will lick on them! LOl!!

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  33. Divine chocolate cake...Thanks for visiting and joining my followers - happy to follow back!

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  34. your son is just as lucky to hv a wonder mum who always bake and allow him to hand on too! i can imagine the look on his face when you were about to throw that icing away! :D

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  35. Your chocolate cake looks very tempting and sinfully rich ! It's more than enough to be inducted in the chocolate cake Hall of Fame lol

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  36. I don't know Zoe. I don't think there's anything sophisticated about good old chocolate cake. Old fashioned or not. If it's finger looking good that's all that counts and yours looks scrumptious!

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  37. I'm drooling looking at your choc cake!! GORGEOUS... that's what Nigella Lawson would say ;-)

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  38. i dolci al cioccolato sono sempre quelli che non mancano a casa mia.
    Ovviamente per i bambini ehehe!!
    La scusa.
    Bellissima e belle anche le foto.
    baci.
    Inco

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  39. This is a temptation that is impossible to resist
    The cake looks gorgeous and like paradise for chocolate lovers:)

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  40. Well this certainly put me in the mood for baking. I'll have to see if I can find time to join in this month!

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  41. This cake looks beautiful! I'm glad your son saved that spoonful of icing from going in the bin! ;)

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  42. Zoe, my mind is reeling with all the round-up of goodies! I want some of your Nigella bakes too :)

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  43. I'm not sophisticated at all, and this cake appeals to me, too! Terrific recipe - you did such a good job with it. Thanks so much.

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  44. Zoe, I love chocolate cake and have already tried three of Nigella's recipes. Not sure I want to make this too....

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  45. my son loves chocolate cake! will try this one for him...

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  46. Oh la-la indeed! That last picture is driving me nuts! LOL Well, when it comes to chocolatey icing I will not even bother to be sophisticate at all. LOL How I wish I can a slice of this sinful treat . YUM! ;)

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  47. Hi, love ur blog n i would really love to bake a good chocolate cake! Between Beatty's n Nigella's old fashion chocolate cake, which would u say is better? :)

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    1. Hi Co,

      Both chocolate cakes are really good but if I really have to choose I like Beatty's more! This is just my personal preference.

      Zoe

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